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Posted: July 29, 2017 in Cars

Following up with one of my diary entries from 1981:


Here are some new adds:
BTW, you do not have to throw it in water, its a he if it is ADAMant!

  • if it were confused – ambivalent
  • If it flies – fli(y)ppant, not that there is anything wrong with that
  • If it were afraid of disclosure – hesitant
  • If it is swimming (on the move) – transiAnt…
  • If it were a non-conformist – deviant
  • If it were new in the “business” – debutant
  • If it is all talk and no action – consultant
  • If it likes to be taken for a ride – client
  • If it is unapproachable or far away – distant
  • If it is smart and intelligent – brilliant
  • If it were hot – radiant
  • If it performs well under pressure – coolant
  • If it were a leech – sycopant
  • If it cooks and cleans – servant
  • If it is a vegetable – eggplant
  • If it can add 5+5 and pays rent – tenant
  • If its rich and spends money like water – extravagant
  • If it served in the army – lieutinant

Also another pertinent one: When Donald beat Hillary – triumphant

  • If it corroborated with Wikileaks or Russia – informant!
  • If it doesn’t believe in Trump – defiant!
  • If it was part of Trump’s Miss Universe contest – Pageant
  • If it were undocumented – illegal immigrant
  • If it takes a knee when the national anthem is played – subserviAnt
  • If it were a minority – insignificant
  • If it is pompous and proud – important
  • If it were a contributor to climate change – pollutant
  • If it has a empty/lost look – vacant
  • If it takes control during a debate – dominant
  • If it does not know what is happening – ignorant
  • If it still does not believe it happened – reluctant
  • And if it is still wondering “What happened”? – irrelevant
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Shaken but not Stirred

Posted: July 23, 2017 in Cars

This happened on my way back to Chicago from Toledo. I was on the Ohio Turnpike around 30 miles from the border to Indiana when the car in front of me suddenly swerved. Before me or my car to react, I had collided with a massive debris with such a force that it literally swayed my car, and ripped off the entire under-body protective covering including under the wheel wells of both front wheels. I have a feeling that it was a complete tire and wheel that had fallen off the underbelly of a truck, a short distance in front of us.

Despite such a strong impact, there was no visible damage to the front of the car (see pictures attached) and after moving to the side and ripping out any additional coverings that were grazing against the wheels, I could drive the car safely another 200 miles to the service center in Chicago. There they inspected it and said that other than the covers being ripped out, there was no damage absolutely to the components of the car. The drip that I noticed was just the condensation from the AC – it being a hot day, I was driving with the AC on:

I think this incident serves as testament to the quality and engineering of Tesla.

My car is the new 2017 Model S complete with auto-driving hardware and capabilities that are being slowly rolled out in phases to effect complete self driving capabilities. But no matter how advanced or intelligent the system gets, matters of simple Physics cannot be overridden . It is the ability of the engineering aspects of the car – like not having the complicated structure of machinery under the hood, providing (albeit in retrospect) titanium shields for an additional layer or layers of protection to prevent debris from impinging and being a cause of catastrophes, both to the passengers and the car itself that make possible the eventual takeover of the Transportation domain by technologies such as Tesla’s. Elon is right in predicting that current ICE cars will be like horses in the next twenty or so years, and I have a feeling that it will be much sooner than that! If you read thru the progression of the auto industry, there was a term coined more than 100 years ago entitled: Horseless Carriages that described the then progression of the automobile – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseless_carriage. Methinks the next inCARnation of it would be Engineless Automobiles!

…and that my friends, is how a good martini is made!

2017 – More or Less

Posted: January 7, 2017 in Cars

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(all achievements are powered by desire)

More Thinking
Less Dreaming
Tomorrow Begins

More Action
Less Reaction
Lights & Camera?

More Future
Less Past
New In, Old out

More Travel
Less Nice
Me, Myself, I

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Written in memory of this poem:

My Shadow
BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Yours Faithfully

Posted: August 7, 2016 in Funnies

Here is my interpretation of this Neo-Expressionist painting by Joe Boudreau:

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As we progress thru our career, we are just another faceless icon – part of the crowd rising thru the corporate ladder’s dog-eat-dog culture. Those who play fetch better, think they can rise faster only to realize that it is just another kick in the face or the midriff….ouch!

So what eventually remains in this vast sea of blue, is a multitude of headless, torso-less bodies swimming in tandem trying to make sense of our existence, stoically waiting for the end.

But we do not lose hope! Although our ties may be wrinkled, and our shirts frayed, we will live our days to the fullest – for isn’t it true that all dogs go to heaven?

Some Definitions

Neo-expressionism is a style of late-modernist or early-postmodern painting and sculpture that emerged in the late 1970s. Neo-expressionists were sometimes called Neue Wilden (‘The new wild ones’; ‘New Fauves’ would better meet the meaning of the term). It is characterized by intense subjectivity and rough handling of materials.

Modern art as whole, including the New York School, is a reaction against the stressful conditions of life in this century, war, the breakdown of social and religious traditions, the disruption of ethics and values caused by too rapid change beyond the ability of human beings to cope.

Science, with concepts of relativity shattering the human need for absolutes, and science’s instrument, the machine, were elevated to the position once occupied by religious belief. The confusion and disillusionment resulting from the ascendancy and failure of the new, mechanized god to create a more fulfilling world — indeed, making it possible for World War I to be a bigger and better war — left humanity and its artists struggling with an impossible situation. Twentieth Century man has never recovered from the shock of that first cataclysm and ensuing ordeals culminating in the present, fear-filled nuclear debate.

Abstraction, whether of the expressionist or geometric variety, is a turning inward toward an emotional, mystical or cerebral ideal in attempted escape from our disruptive, tormenting world. One of the prime motivations in the abstraction of Kandinsky and Mondrian, though by diametrically opposed means, was their search for an inner spiritual reality that would offer meaning, hope and respite from a world of excessive materialism and unbearable crisis.

While this is understandable in human terms, it nonetheless severed ties with the outer world, the world of people and nature which sustains all of us in obvious physical and less apparent spiritual ways. Thus, this critical severance early in the century was like the cutting of the roots of a vine, which, as time passed, slowly perished for want of nourishment.

This is the predicament of the New York School and most art of the last forty years. Trying to live on the air of theory, without roots in the earth of human experience, it withered; the “tradition” of modern art died.

Joe Boudreau’s signature works show the influence of both the New York School, and Neo-expressionism. They are also defined by the recurring use of specific images. Boudreau has named some of these images as the “suit guy,” an everyman, the “necklace,” communicating tension, and the “black kidney” with the “fishhook,” a contrasting and overlaying element. Other recurring images in his works are bright halo-like ellipses, and dogs.

More at http://painterjoeboudreau.blogspot.com/

Ha Ha

Posted: June 15, 2016 in Funnies

The Problem

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If his girlfriend was waiting across the road and given that he can travel half the distance towards her in 5 seconds, how much time would it take him to reach his girlfriend?
Mathematician: It would be virtually impossible for him to get to the other side of the road.
Engineer: He would be able to get close enough to his girlfriend to do everything that is physically possible.

Bar Chat

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FYI, do you know what the cops make you do if you are caught drunk driving, other than making you walk the line and touch your nose? Recite the alphabet…(backwards)

Here is bar chat (sounds better if spoken with a Russian accent). Answers in brackets:
What is a virgin Screw Driver ……. (Orange Juice)
What is a virgin Bloody Mary……. (Tomato Juice)
What is a virgin Pinacolada …….. (Pineapple and Coconut Water)
What is a virgin White Russian …… (?)

The Calendar Story

Posted: February 20, 2016 in Lesson Learned

This February 2016 as you all know has 29 days – one extra unpaid day of work for people who get paid on a monthly or bi-monthly cycle. Leap years come every 4 years but not always……..

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As we all know every 4th year is a leap year, one where February has one extra day – 29 instead of 28. This is because the earth rotates around the sun in 365 and one quarter days. So to account for this every 4th year (one that is divisible by 4) is deemed to be a leap year.

The history of different calendars is fascinating – there are calendars based on cycles:

  • lunar (the most obvious from a historical perspective),
  • solar (by analyzing the position of the zodiac signs – the way the sun moves across the sky over the course of a year),
  • lunisolar (a lunar calendar that occasionally adds one intercalary month to remain synchronized with the solar year over the long term, and formed the basis for our current calendar)
  • etc. that are wonderfully elucidated in Wikis (Calendar Wiki)
  • and more famously, the Mayan calendar that predicted the end of days on December 21, 2012 due to the end of the long count calculation

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Over the years to account for discrepancies, calendars have undergone reforms. Calendar reform, properly called calendrical reform, is any significant revision of a calendar system. The term sometimes is used instead for a proposal to switch to a different calendar.

The Julian Calendar has a regular year of 365 days divided into 12 months. A leap day is added to February every four years. The Julian year is, therefore, on average 365.25 days long. It was intended to approximate the tropical (solar) year. This is what we are taught in school…..

But this is not God’s world and things are not exact. So instead of being 365.25 the actual number is 365.2425….. Although Greek astronomers had known, at least since Hipparchus, a century before the Julian reform, that the tropical year was a few minutes shorter than 365.25 days, the calendar did not compensate for this difference. As a result, the year gained about three days every four centuries compared to observed equinox times and the seasons.

The Gregorian Calendar corrected the issue with the Julian calendar by assuming the year to be 365.2425 (365d, 5h, 49m, 12s) long. The Gregorian calendar has the same months and month lengths as the Julian calendar, but, in the Gregorian calendar, years evenly divisible by 100 are not leap years, except that years evenly divisible by 400 remain leap years. Thus:

  • 2100, 2200, 2300 are not leap years
  • 2000, 2400, 2800 are leap years

When the new calendar was put in use, the error accumulated in the 13 centuries since the Council of Nicaea was corrected by a deletion of 10 days. The Julian calendar day Thursday, 4 October 1582 was followed by the first day of the Gregorian calendar, Friday, 15 October 1582 (the cycle of weekdays was not affected).

So does that mean that 1900 was really not a leap year? Well yes and no….

Issues with adoption

Although Gregory’s reform was enacted in the most solemn of forms available to the Church, the bull had no authority beyond the Catholic Church and the Papal States. The changes that he was proposing were changes to the civil calendar, over which he had no authority. They required adoption by the civil authorities in each country to have legal effect. So every county took it own time to adapt to the new calendar.

By the time Great Britain adopted this system in 1752, they were behind by 11 days and when the dates changed, there were a large number of protests: “Give us back our 11 days” was the chant by the labor class that got paid by the hour, but had to pay rent by the month.

The Russian Revolution, traditionally known as Red October, the Bolshevik Revolution or simply The October Revolution took place on October 25, 2017. But this was before the Russian adoption of the new calendaring system and the date now falls on November 7, 1917. So the October Revolution is actually celebrated in November….

…. and Microsoft Outlook still classifies 1900 as a leap year.

So depending upon whether you were in Russia, or use Microsoft Outlook – 1900 may or may not have been a leap year!

But 365.2425 is still not exact (365.242375 is more exact), and a further correction is necessary. So here is the formula:

“Every year multiple of 4 is a leap year.
Every 100th year is not a leap year except if it is divisible by 400
Every 1000th year is a leap year except if is divisible by 4000.”

So:

  • 2016 is a leap year
  • 2100 will not be a leap year
  • 3000 will be a leap year
  • 4000 will not be a leap year… that is, if civilization lasts that long, my guess is that we will move to Mars and adopt a calendar based on the Martian year!

Why did the Chicken cross the Road (posted on RV Rajan’s facebook post)?
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Scott Walker: “Walk, don’t run.”

Ted Cruz: Truss Ted, like tying a chicken before putting it into the oven?
Donald Trump: “We should build a wall in the middle of the road to prevent such crossings.”
Hillary Clinton: “If we deport all the chickens that crossed the road, what would happen to wings night?”
Ted Cruz: “It’s okay if the chicken was born in Canada.”
Carly Fiorina: “We should close all the Planned Parenthood sites on the other side of the road to prevent such chickens from crossing the road.”
Donald Trump: “We should temporarily ban all Muslim chickens from crossing the road.”
Ben Carson: “Did I do that?”
Chris Christie: (sitting on the other side, with an empty plate, fork and knife in hand) “Come to papa!”
Ben Carson: “That’s because there are Pyramids on the other side that store grain.” #hungrychicken
Bobby Jindal: “If I knew we were having chicken for dinner, I would’ve stayed longer.”
Bernie Sanders: “The issue is not about the chicken crossing the road, but about moving the road from Wall St to Main St, this is the real issue!”
Donald Trump: “I don’t have anything against Chickens. In fact, some of my best meals are with chicken.”
Hillary Clinton: “If I am elected, I’ll make sure that they are banned from the White House, knowing how much Bill likes them chickens….”
Chris Christie: (still sitting on the other side) “Oh boy, do I like the smell of fresh roadkill!”
Marco Rubio – Chicken Run, Gone in 30 seconds.
Marco Rubio – “Cluck, Cluck, Cluck, Cluck, Cluck” – He is a man of few words, but he tends to repeat them.
Carly Fiorina: “I’m chickening out!”
Chris Christie: “I’m following that chicken.”
Ben Carson: (pondering) “To be or not to be chicken, that is the question.”
Jeb! Bush: (suspending his campaign after South Carolina) “Mommy warned me not to run like a chicken!”
Madeline Allbright: “There is a special place for women who chicken out from voting for Hillary.” It’s called my home.
Donald Trump: (on appointing a new Supreme Court Judge) “It’s called delay, delay, delay.” And then when the chicken finally crosses the road, it gets trumpled! (deliberate spell error!)
Donald Trump: (responding to the Pope’s retort that good Christians should build bridges and not walls) “But then the chicken would cross the bridge!”
Donald Trump: “I am a Christian you know. Just to prove this, I am going to give up eating chicken during lent.”
Bernie Sanders: (to Hillary) “Bern, baby Bern. Ah, the smell of sweet rotisserie.”
Donald Trump: “It’s huge…” (talking about his victory in New Hampshire)
Bernie Sanders: “Mine is huger.” (also talking about his victory in New Hampshire)
Donald Trump: (after Super Saturday) “Yeah Marco, time to be chicken.”
Michael Bloomberg: “This is funny. Are they still talking about chicken? I think I really can be President.”

From the interwebs:

Donald Trump: “I’ll build a wall on the Mexican border and make the Pope sell some paintings and old statues to pay for it. I’ll teach that Latino bast . . . . busy body (I’d use a different word, but I’m trying to be nice—you know, in business you have to get along with everybody) not to interfere in the domestic affairs of the United States of America (which I’m going to make a great country again, and no pope is going to stop me). Hell, if he keeps sticking his nose in our country’s business, I’ll sue him! I’ll use eminent domain to take possession of the Sistine Chapel. That’ll teach him. And I know how to do it, too. Believe me. Believe me. I’ll make it classy. Classy. Real mahogany roulette wheel, the whole thing. Girls. And by the way, this guy the Pope isn’t even allowed to run for President of the United States because he was born in some foreign country, so why does he have any right to say anything about this election? And also by the way, I definitely AM a Christian. A Presbyterian. That’s ‘right down the middle,’ you know. It’s not like being a Seventh Day Adventist, which I don’t even know what that is, or a Catholic, which is a religion that a lot of foreigners belong to. I’ll just tell you, if the Pope (who, did I mention, was born in a foreign country and doesn’t even speak English very well?) doesn’t apologize to me and say that I’m a Christian, I will sue him for defamation. I’ve never seen a guy lie like that Pope. He makes Ted Cruz look like George Washington. He’s probably lying even about being Pope. He has an Italian name, but he really isn’t even Italian. And don’t you have to be Italian to be Pope? That’s the way it was when I was growing up, and fish on Fridays. I’d like to see his birth certificate. I might sue him to make him turn it over. I think he was born in Brazil or somewhere down there. He’s not eligible to be Pope. Some very good canon lawyers have told me that. I’m not a theologian, but some of the very best theologians have worked for me. They’re great people. They love me, by the way. I’ve heard many of them say that I’m actually a better Catholic than the Pope. And I’m not even a foreigner. It’s just that I’m a loving guy. Just like it says we’re supposed to be in One Corinthians 13. That’s in the Bible, you know.”

doinglaundry
It’s a close race. Who is gonna win? Colored or Whites? #doinglaundry